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Bedlington Terrier Information

Description

Many describe the Bedlington terrier as having the appearance of a lamb but with the heart of a lion.  With its arched back, wooly textured, curly, non-shedding fur coat, and pear shaped head, the Bedlinton terrier actually looks like a small sheep.  The Bedlinton terriers are solid colored or liver, sandy, blue, or have tan markings.  As the dog ages, their colors become paler.  These dogs have bright, deep set, small, almond shaped eyes and a low-set, pointed tail.  Their distinctive double, thick coat is a mixture of both harsh and soft hairs, which some people describe as feeling crisp.  Especially on the face and head, the hair is inclined to curl.    

Temperament

Normally a rather quiet, companionable housedog, the Bedlinton terrier is a loyal dog with an affectionate personality, and enjoys life's comforts.  They make a loving, cheerful, playful family dog, love children, but need to be socialized with other family pets when still a puppy.  Despite their gentle, loving appearance, when challenged by a dominant dog, they become vicious fighters.  They are energetic, courageous, run fast, and love to dig.  Keep them on a leash or in an enclosed area as they are very fast and love to chase things, including small animals.   

Grooming & Shedding

The Bedlington terrier sheds little or no hair and is a great choice for anyone suffering from allergies.  Their coat does need specialized clipping every couple of months along with combing or brushing two or three times a week.  To prevent the terrier from getting an ear infection, the inside of their ears need plucking and cleaning regularly.  Bathe the Bedlington when necessary and although their skin does not become dry from frequent bathing, it will become limp.  Show dogs need a higher grooming level.       

History

The Bedlington terrier is a unique breed of terrier, which comes from the Hanny Hills region of Northumberland, England.  Although the origin is unsure, one of the most popular opinions of their origin is that, in the eighteenth century, they were peculiar to the Rothbury Forest area gypsies but they never actually confirmed this.  The two types of terriers in the eighteenth century were the smooth and rough coated dogs.  Originally, the Bedlington terrier was known as the ‘Rodbery’ terrier or ‘Rothbury’ terrier derived from a dog brought from Staffordshire to Rothbury.  In 1877, they formed the first Bedlinton Terrier Club.   

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: Copper toxicosis (liver disease)
  • Minor Concerns: retinal dysplasia, renal cortical hypoplasia, distichiasis
  • Occasionally seen: patellar luxation
  • Suggested tests: eye, DNA

 

Characteristics

Height

Males 16-17 inches (41-43cm)

Females 15-16 inches (38-41cm)

Weight

Males 18-23 pounds (8-10kg)

Females 18-23 pounds (8-10kg)

Lifespan

15-17 years

Exercise

Medium

Apartment

Yes

Families

Yes

Young Children

Yes

Need exercise space

Yes – long walks will be acceptable

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